ANKARA

Turkish security forces arrested at least two YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, across Turkey’s southern border, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Friday.

“In operations carried out to prevent YPG/PKK terrorist group’s activities aiming to disrupt the peace and secure environment; 2 YPG/PKK terrorists were arrested in Operation Euphrates Shield region,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched four anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settlement by locals: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), Peace Spring (2019), and Spring Shield (2020).

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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